Gloves Off - "Life...And Everything After" - Reviewed By Metal Digest ! Check it out here at this link: https://metal-digest.com/2022/03/03/gloves-off-life-and-everything-after/
Formed in 2017, Gloves Off have a great name for a band which blends elements of hardcore, dark and aggressive rock and metal into a sound which would appeal to fans of Behemoth and A Life Once Lost. This year has the band returning with their latest album ‘Life… and Everything After’.
This album has that certain apocalyptic vision of the future with its ominous, impending doom grabbing the listener from the beginning and when coupled with a remarkable, untiring tempo throughout, it manages to keep the listeners attention completely through to the very end. This is achieved through tracks like ‘By A Thread’, which although is mainly drums, it is a refreshing change from the enigmatic guitars with their in-your-face industrious sound. Furthermore, the scowling vocals make ‘Life…’ a real treat for the listener from start to finish, especially during the likes of ‘My Death Is A Banquet’ is an absolute knockout! (Yes, that pun was massively intended). This is a song which has such a quick tempo that you can hear the band giving it all as they deliver everything, every bit of blood, sweat and tears pumping from every orifice and may be an anthem in the making!
‘Life…’ is an album which is best absorbed through headphones for the full experience as it rattles your brain from side to side in a nine-song collection which stands tall with nothing but pure, unadulterated unbroken spirit! - Metal Digest
Photo Credit: Ariella Lungin
Release Date: January 28, 2022
FFO: Hatebreed, Terror, Brick By Brick
PA's metallic hardcore heathens release the second chapter to their debut release on Upstate Records, "Life...And Everything After"; an emotional rollercoaster of pure aggression and angst that is sure to leave the listener battered and bruised!
This heavy metallic hardcore outfit out of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, revels in a particularly down 'n' dirty brand of aggression. Their catalog is rife with cranium-crushing instrumentation, emotive lyrical content, a methodically vicious bite, and more pent-up antagonism than most can reasonably muster. Overtly inspired by literary greats such as Edgar Allen Poe and Arthur Rimbaud, and following in the musical footsteps of acts such as The Acacia Strain, Baptists, and A Life Once Lost, Gloves Off comfortably wreck havoc in the no man's land that sits somewhere between "firmly grounded" and "explosively volatile." From a musical, emotional, and thematic standpoint, this quintet’s output bears considerable weight.
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Gloves Off’s next project, out January 28th, 2022 in collaboration with Upstate Records , isn’t entirely typical. The framework of this forthcoming is deliberately unconventional, born of the implicit challenges presented by the pandemic. The first four tracks were released in March of 2020 in the form of an EP entitled Life, which appears here once more alongside five brand new songs seeking to explore ...And Everything After. If the preexisting tracks comprising Life aren't enough to accordingly whet your whistle, keep one ear open for the Poe-inspired lead single "Conqueror Worm,"--an homage to the play of man wherein the titular harbinger of apocalypse is the true hero--which will drop on December 10th of this year. A subsequent second single, the gritty yet emotively bombastic "My Death Was a Banquet," inspired by Rimbaud's "A Season In Hell," enters the arena on January 7th.
Although bifurcated, this project forms a cohesive whole: in the words of vocalist Cody Clark, the project’s tail end is an exploration of the process after the loss of life. Life and death are intrinsically hefty topics, and Gloves Off strives to exorcize the demons rather than simply pretending they don’t exist. As such, Life...And Everything After is an intentionally therapeutic project, both for the band and for any listener grappling with the enormity of life, death, and inevitable loss. And, lest we forget the exhilaration of peeling off the gloves and throwing hands: grappling in a physical sense is wholeheartedly encouraged as well.
"In the second part of our release "...And Everything After" we wrote it not as in the process of losing everything (Life),but the process after the loss of losing everything, there's a certain romance and poetic stance on death that can be beautiful as well as disturbing, we write what we like as a band, musically and lyrically, just so happens we think about life and death in a dark sense instead of hiding demons, we let them out in a therapeutic way for the listener as well as us to enjoy" -Cody Clark, Vocalist
Catch GLOVES OFF on November 20, 2021 at the first ever Upstate Records Family and Friends showcase at The Brooklyn Monarch Brooklyn, NY with Nuclear Assault, Subzero, Tombs, Sworn Enemy and more!
Doors at 3, Show starts at 4. More Info And Tickets HERE !
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